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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jun 12, 2011 9:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

I will assume that it is a post 1980 interview and by treatment he meant a reworking of the song that the lame 80's version of the band could actually play,as the song was regularly mangled both musically and vocally when the band was at it's best in the 70's.
It's a shame that the song was only played 33 times between 71'-79',with no versions in 73'-74' and one each in 78' and 79'.I find it similar to High Time in that it has a simple,elegant lyric in a delicate ,beautiful musical setting which they rarely did justice.However I find these 5 to be extraordinary:
12/5/71
7/18/72 7/26/72
9/28/76
5/9/77

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jun 13, 2011 5:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

Word up on 5/9/77. Perhaps my favorite version.

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Jun 13, 2011 12:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

Good point. And those are some of my favorites, but I often think I'm very forgiving of the band. I love about every 70's version that I've heard, | guess I must have listened to them all but not listened carefully enough to critique. I fell in love with this song because of it's simple structure, the wonderful lyrics and of course, Jerry's emotive singing and playing. Sure, I can remember hearing the flubs here and there, but I usually just think 'oops'. I have thought that Comes A Time has so much space between notes, and it's what the band does with those notes that really puts the power into the beauty of this ballad.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jun 13, 2011 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

PB,while I am a harsh critic of the bands music you can't help but be very forgiving if you are going to listen their stuff because they are prone to vocal miscues and musical hacks grand and small on pretty much every song they have ever played,I would be hard pressed to present one single song that is error free.That being said I genuinely love a lot of their music and do enjoy most of the 70's versions of Comes a Time,however some songs suffer vocal gaffes or a clunker note not as well as others,a soft introspective ballad can be ruined while Deal or Brown Eyed just move on.I think that the band sold short two of their best songs in Comes a Time and High Time by never taking the time to arrange a version that they could perform properly.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 13, 2011 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

And I'll put in the extra vote on 12/5/71. Love that one. Also 7/17/76 and 5/9/77, but somehow that early one is just my favorite. Wonderful song. I'm not familiar with all the ones you mentioned; will have to hear them now, of course :-)

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

AR,I am with you as I prefer the 71'-72' style,Jerry's voice and just the sound and style of the band make it feel right,but a strong argument could be made that 5/9/77 is the quintessential version in that it is just absolutely beautiful,with the blend of Donna and Jerry's voices and Keith's haunting piano with Jerry's guitar,just make for a stunning rendition.Another point to be made about the earlier versions is the different lyrics,in a way they really change the dynamic of the song for me and I am really torn as to which way I prefer it,I find "when the words come out like an angry stream,you can hear yourself say things you could never mean" and "you gotta lot words you got to stand behind" to be strong lyrical statements and I could never quite sort a preference.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Jun 13, 2011 5:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

And let's not forget the one with the greatest exit jam of all time: 7/17/76

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-07-17.mtx.chappell-bertrando.91827.sbeok.flac16

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